New Books Network

Gregory Borchard, “A Narrative History of the American Press” (Routledge, 2018)
The American press is older than the United States itself. Ever since its catalytic role in the American Revolution, journalism has evolved to meet changing political, economic, and technological demands. Gregory Borchard traces this history in A Narrative History of the American Press (Routledge, 2018). He calls for a better... Read More
Kerry Eggers, “Jail Blazers: How the Portland Trail Blazers Became the Bad Boys of Basketball” (Sport Publishing, 2018)
In the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Portland Trail Blazers were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. For almost a decade, they won 60 percent of their games while making it to the Western Conference Finals twice. However, what happened off-court was just as unforgettable as what... Read More
Jeremy Black, “The English Press: A History” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
In this succinct and brilliantly written one-volume account of the rise and fall of the English press, premier historian Jeremy Black, the most prolific historian writing in the Anglophone world, if not on the entire planet, traces the English press’s history from the 17th century to the Internet age. The... Read More
Matt Guardino, “Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in US Public Policy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Neoliberal policies have been a primary feature of American political economy for decades. In Framing Inequality: News Media, Public Opinion, and the Neoliberal Turn in US Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2019), Matt Guardino focuses on the power of corporate news media in shaping how the public understands the key... Read More
John Etty, “Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons” (UP of Mississippi, 2019)
In Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons (University Press of Mississippi, 2019), Dr. John Etty explains how Krokodil magazine provided a venue in which the state, the magazine’s editors, and readers all participated in defining what it was permissible to laugh at in the USSR. A standard... Read More
Andrew Wallis, “Stepp’d in Blood:  Akazu and the Architects of the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsis” (Zero Books, 2019)
Last month Rwanda commemorated the 25th anniversary of the genocide. Unlike the recent outpouring of books marking hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, there was only a short flurry of newspaper and radio remembrances of the events of April and May of 1994. The number of... Read More
Elliott J. Gorn, “Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The story of Emmett Till’s death at the hands of white Mississippians is well known. For many Americans, it highlights the racism of the Jim Crow South and was a defining moment that helped galvanize a generation of civil rights leaders. In his new book, Elliott J. Gorn (Professor of History... Read More